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Egypt is the gift of the Nile, creating a narrow fertile strip of land 600 miles long in an immensity of desert; this great river gave life to the Egyptian civilization.
Cairo is a juncture of four worlds: modern and ancient, Christian and Muslim. A short distance from the center of the city lie the three Pyramids of Giza. The sole surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Cheops, largest in Egypt, is still mysterious 45 centuries after its construction.
Accommodations: Large city hotels from moderate to luxurious, mid-size cruise ships along the Nile.
Sightseeing: Air-conditioned cars and minivans, walking.
Getting Around: Scheduled flights and via cruise ship along the Nile.
Other Attractions: Luxor, 500 miles south of Cairo, has been the site of some of the greatest archeological discoveries. This is where the royal tombs of Seti I, Ramses II and Tutankamon are located in the Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Kings.